A peculiar girl transforms into a cat to catch her crush's attention. But before she realizes it, the line between human and animal starts to blur.
I gotta say this movie I never expected so many crazy and amazing thhings happen. As I haven't seen anyone do a review for this movie, I will be the first to do so. I'll make this a spoiler free review. As the story shows, Miyo "Muge" Sasaki is a headstrong girl who falls in love with her classmate, Kento Hinode. He takes no notice of her no matter how many times she tries to get his attention. So with this newfound magical secret that she discovered one night, she uses this power to persue him, but will it cost her humanity to get closer to him? The story itself is pretty good. It goes through the hardships between the characters and the side characters as well. It's giving like a life moral about relationships and hardships, almost like 'A Silent Voice' in a way. Even with Muge as she is shown to be the most happiest and craziest girl. It is nice to show that such happy people like Muge even struggle as well. Even choosing between her humanity and living as a cat. I love how each character has a use, they weren't made for sitting in the sidelines doing nothing. The movie can be really calming and gives off a Studio Ghibli vibe to it. It brings many emotions to the movie, there were times I couldn't stop laughing, awing at the cuteness or I was just dumbfounded at the craziness in the movie. The animation is gorgeous. The camera movements were outstanding and each detail was beautiful drawn out. Each colour was vivid it has so much detail and movement. It is like an eye candy. Like I said before, it even brings out the Studio Ghibli vibe for many scenes, I won't explain too much as I wants this to be spoiler free. It brings out so much life to the anime and in a creative way. I really enjoyed it and would recommend to watch it. (I'll come back to the music since I didn't pay too much attention while watching the movie.)
Spoiler Free Review Time!!! What can I say? A Whisker Away is just fascinating. Have you ever had those moments in life where you feel like you're not wanted? This mask that you have is very convenient. Sometimes, you just don't want to be you. A mask where you can get close to the one you love. A mask where you won't be hated because you're not you anymore. But is there a price? Despite some parts of the movie sounding a bit cliche, the movie does handle the cliche very well. It's worth it. All 144 minutes of my time. How can such an animation be so simple, yet so beautifully done? If you could take the time to listen to the lighthearted music in the background, it goes very well with the movie. Even though you're a dog person, you'll still enjoy this. You'll also be able to love and get attached to the characters like I did. Yes, Muge (AKA Miyo) and Kento are amazing people and so are their friends. Want a cute romance movie? Watch it. Have a love for cats? How about, just animals in general? Watch it. Want a strong, outgoing female protagonist? Watch it. I laughed. I cried. I am satisfied.
I think the most selfish person in this movie is Muge.... when everyone was looking for her she didn't care until she heard Hinode was looking, when she was becoming a cat she didn't care about not being able to understand anyone until she couldn't understand Hinode. She pushed everyone away and became a stalker obsessed with Hinode like a psychopath. I understand that her mother leaving her was awful but it's no excuse to just not care about anyone but herself and how Hinode sees / feels about her. She had her father, who's doing his best, and her step mom who's also fucking trying. A human relationship only works if you meet them half way and she didn't want to. She forced her feelings on Hinode as well without thinking about how he felt and then when he rejected her she ran away and made it all about herself because who cares how Hinode feels when she constantly harasses him? Who cares that he clearly doesn't like it, or that maybe he just might want to be friends. Who cares about anyones feelings but Muge's right? Now onto my ratings. So I gave the story a 5/10 because although it was fun it was just about some girl obsessively stalking and focusing on some boy who rejected her over and over again. The animation is average it's not super unique or anything though it's still pretty. It's just that, it's animation you can find in any other anime movie so that's why I gave it a 7/10. The sound was average, I never found myself amazed with it so I gave it a 7/10 as well. To me 7/10 is a grade letter of C which is average so that's how I chose the number if you're wondering lol. The characters are a 5/10 because Hinode and Muge just, suck. I honestly found myself feeling more bad for the step mom, getting hateful texts from the mother who left while also trying her best to connect with her step daughter. Like I said earlier, a human relationship is a dance that takes two people. Overall I did find myself enjoying it half the time, the other half I was trying to ignore how annoyed I am with Muge. The cats are cute though LMAO literally the only reason I didn't stop halfway was because there was cats in this and it was reminding me of The Cat Returns which is a movie that is 10/10 in every single aspect. 5/10 for me
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